Hi all, thanks for your input, this is a volunteer assignment so I would be paying for any extras.. I would bring my IPad & would buy any other gadgets. I had a quick look online at the InReach- it looks great for SOS, tracking, texting, though I don't need it for emergency communication at this time, it would be neat for future potential excursions elsewhere. I mainly want to be able to blog using my IPad - I can upload photos onto the IPad from my camera, I have an app to manipulate them somewhat, then want to post them every couple of days. The solar charger on site is slow & would be used to charge the cell phone as first priority, then any other gadgets. I'll follow up on all suggestions, thanks again !